The Best of 2018 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today  

Buster McDermott
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List Rules Working male actors who have starred in major films or TV series in the last ~5 years

The best actors working today include Hollywood legends, Academy Award winners and many of the top up and coming actors in the world right now. These talented and beautiful men grace the big and small screen with brilliant performances in our favorite movies and TV shows and do it really, really well. There's no question that many of these top current actors, if they aren't already, will long be remembered among the best actors of all time.

For many of these best male actors, being part of Hollywood's elite is nothing new as they've been starring in our favorite titles for many years. The likes of George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Christopher Walken, among other popular actors, have been around for decades and lost little of that spark that made them favorites.

Moving into a slightly younger crowd, many of these best current actors are quickly becoming legendary as they continue to see success. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Johnny Depp are not just all hot, but among the best Hollywood has to offer today. But there's another generation of young actors looking for their turn in the spotlight too with up and comers like Aaron Paul, Michael Fassbender, Chris Hemsworth and Henry Cavill all on track to be the next big thing.

How do you compare the newcomers and the veterans to the greatest actors of all time? However you rank them, do so below on this list of the best actors working today!

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1
21,644 6,413
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 59

The Post (2017)
Sully (2016)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)

2
18,100 13,497
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 41

The Revenant (2015)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Great Gatsby (2013)

3
13,374 6,335
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 44

Backseat (2018)
The Big Short (2015)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
American Hustle (2013)

4
14,696 9,214
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 80

Going In Style (2017)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
London Has Fallen (2016)
Lucy (2014)
Transcendence (2014)
The Lego Movie (2014)
Last Vegas (2013)
Now You See Me (2013)
Oblivion (2013)
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

5
11,718 7,114
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
zxray added age 74

The Comedian (2016)
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
Joy (2015)
Heist (2015)
The Intern (2015)
Grudge Match (2013)
American Hustle (2013)
Last Vegas (2013)
The Family (2013)

6
9,353 4,551
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 80

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Westworld (2016)
Red 2 (2013)

7
12,490 10,263
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 63

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
Fences (2016)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
The Equalizer (2014)

8
10,683 6,937
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 58

Billionaire Boys Club (2018)
Baby Driver (2017)
House of Cards (2013-17)
Elvis & Nixon (2016)
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

9
13,554 7,324
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 50

The Nice Guys (2016)
Chef (2014)
The Judge (2014)
Avengers / Marvel movies (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013)

10
12,320 8,081
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 52

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016)
Black Mass (2015)
Mortdecai (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
Tusk (2014)
Transcendence (2014)
The Lone Ranger (2013)

11
8,466 4,324
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 57

Darkest Hour (2017)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
The Space Between Us (2017)
Criminal (2016)
Man Down (2016)
Child 44 (2015)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
RoboCop (2014)
Paranoia (2013)

12
7,719 4,937
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 46

Collateral Beauty (2016)
Birdman (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

13
8,168 6,042
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 60

Phantom Thread (2017)

14
8,224 5,108
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 77

Hangman (2017)
The Pirates of Somalia (2017)
Misconduct (2016)
Danny Collins (2015)
The Humbling (2014)
Manglehorn (2014)

15
9,187 4,740
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 65

Silence (2016)
Run All Night (2015)
Taken 3 (2015)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Non-Stop (2014)

16
9,943 5,966
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 47

Ocean's Eight (2018)
Suburbicon (2017)
Downsizing (2017)
The Great Wall (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Martian (2015)
Interstellar (2014)
The Monuments Men (2014)
Elysium (2013)
Behind the Candelabra (2013)

17
6,344 2,981
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 78

Vicious (2013-16)
Mr. Holmes (2015)
Hobbit movies (2014, 2013, 2012)
Marvel movies (2014, 2013)

18
9,868 6,070
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 54

War Machine (2017)
Allied (2016)
The Big Short (2015)
By the Sea (2015)
Fury (2014)
The Counselor (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
World War Z (2013)

19
7,967 3,068
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 67

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Chi-Raq (2015)
Big Game (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Kite (2014)
Oldboy (2013)

20
7,674 3,686
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 75

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
The Age of Adaline (2015)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Ender's Game (2013)
Paranoia (2013)
42 (2013)

21
9,330 2,922
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 49

The Greatest Showman (2017)
Logan (2017)
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Pan (2015)
Chappie (2015)
X:Men :Days of Future Past (2014)
Prisoners (2013)
The Wolverine (2013)

22
7,298 3,495
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 75

Father Figures (2017)
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
The Family Fang (2015)
Jersey Boys (2014)

23
7,094 4,417
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 78

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
The Program (2015)
The Cobbler (2014)
Chef (2014)

24
12,013 7,799
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added age 42

The Path (2016-)
Hannibal (2013-15)

25
6,836 3,399
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added age 85

Going in Style (2017)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Youth (2014)
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Interstellar (2014)
Last Love (2013)
Now You See Me (2013)

26
5,165 3,264
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 53

The Mummy (2017)
Fathers and Daughters (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
The Water Diviner (2015)
Noah (2014)
Winter's Tale (2014)
Man of Steel (2013)
Broken City (2013)

27
6,410 2,996
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 87

28
6,307 2,529
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 71

29
5,454 2,633
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 66

Only the Brave (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
Seventh Son (2015)
The Giver (2014)
R.I.P.D. (2013)

30
7,604 3,591
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 40

War Dogs (2016)
Joy (2015)
Aloha (2015)
Serena (2015)
American Sniper (2015)
American Hustle (2013)
The Hangover Part III (2013)
The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

31
5,871 3,184
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 65

Aloha (2015)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Monuments Men (2014)

32
5,284 2,126
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 40

Taboo (2017-)
Dunkirk (2017)
Peaky Blinders (2014-)
London Road (2016)
The Revenant (2015)
Legend (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Chilf 33 (2015)
The Drop (2014)
Locke (2014)

33
4,207 2,487
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 40

The Snowman (2017)
Assassin's Creed (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Macbeth (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Slow West (2015)
Frank (2014)
The Counselor (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)

34
5,385 2,325
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added age 54

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
LBJ (2017)
The Glass Castle (2017)
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Wilson (2017)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
The Duel (2016)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (2014-15)
Out of the Furnace (2013)

35
4,314 2,362
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 87

36
4,305 3,110
Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 59

Downsizing (2017)
Tulip Fever (2017)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Spectre (2014)
Big Eyes (2014)
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
Epic (2013)

37
7,522 3,018
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added age 48

The Dark Tower (2017)
Gold (2017)
The Sea of Trees (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
Interstellar (2014)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Mud (2013)

38
5,422 2,710
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 62

 Last Flag Flying (2017)
Wakefield (2017)
Why Him? (2016)
The Infiltrator (2016)
All the Way (2016)
Get a Job (206)
Trumbo (2015)
 

39
5,718 3,344
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
dlewisxc added age 46

40
5,108 3,548
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 56

Money Monster (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)
Tomorrowland (2015)
The Monuments Men (2014)
August: Osage County (2013)
Gravity (2013)

41
3,686 2,321
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added age 53

42
4,107 2,331
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 47

43
3,841 2,363
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 57

44
4,087 2,675
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

45
5,527 2,141
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added age 35

46
4,422 2,140
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added age 50

47
5,200 2,170
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Booksflavia added age 77

48
4,973 2,067
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added age 39

49
5,086 2,285
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 37

50
3,391 1,786
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added age 38